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Reflection on 2Ti 4:2-4

Post date:   2017-08-26
Autor:   BCP

 

Reflection on 2Ti 4:2-4

 

Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort,

with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine,

but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears,

they will heap up for themselves teachers;

and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

 

This word of life, which we are going to reflect on for two weeks, is preceded by a solemn urge: “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:”, and it continues: “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season.”

 

It is important that we also should preach the Word of God, preferably in our personal contact with people. The condition is to have a heart burning with the fire of God and to be aware that the Spirit of God works through the Word of God. The Word of God is a means of saving souls; it turns them from the broad way which leads to destruction to the narrow road which leads to eternal life. Therefore, it is said: “Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.” This is the prophetic ministry – edification, exhortation and comfort (cf. 1Cor 14:1-3).

 

Why are we to do it? Because the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers. Unfortunately, these teachers will, moreover, manipulate the public through the mass media. The result will be that people will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. Why? In order to avoid true repentance, as if they were unaware that this is just what ensures eternal salvation as well as the crown of glory. We can make a resolution to devote at least one hour in the following two weeks to sharing our personal testimony with any of our friends with the purpose of either strengthening them in the faith or bringing them to accept the way of truth, which is Christ.

 

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